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Travel refers to a person’s movement from one location to another—whether across a city or town; from one city or town to another; from one state to another; or from one country to another. Travel may be for business purposes or for personal purposes and often requires motorized transportation, such as planes, trains, and automobiles.

In Texas, travel regulations encompass a variety of laws and rules that govern the movement of people by different modes of transportation. For motorized road travel, the Texas Transportation Code sets forth the rules of the road, including speed limits, rules for commercial vehicles, and requirements for driver licensing and vehicle registration. Air travel is regulated by federal agencies such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which oversees flight operations and safety standards, while the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) manages security at airports. Train travel is overseen by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), which regulates railroad safety and operations. For both business and personal travel, individuals must adhere to these regulations to ensure safety and compliance. Additionally, Texas may have specific statutes related to the operation of motor vehicles for hire, such as taxis and ride-sharing services, which are also subject to local ordinances in various cities.



Texas Statutes & Rules

Federal Statutes & Rules

49 U.S.C. Chapter 301 - Motor Vehicle Safety
This statute is relevant as it sets the federal motor vehicle safety standards for the manufacture and sale of motor vehicles used in interstate travel.

The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act authorizes the Department of Transportation to issue Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) to ensure that motor vehicles and related equipment are safe. The statute requires that vehicles and equipment comply with these standards to be imported, sold, or used on public roads. It also includes provisions for recalls of vehicles and equipment that fail to meet safety standards.

49 U.S.C. Chapter 417 - Operations of Carriers
This statute governs the operations of air carriers and is relevant to air travel for both business and personal purposes.

Chapter 417 of Title 49 U.S.C. outlines the requirements for air carriers operating in the United States, including obtaining certificates of public convenience and necessity from the Department of Transportation. It covers consumer protection issues such as overbooking and lost baggage, and it requires carriers to adhere to safety and security regulations.

49 U.S.C. Chapter 201 - Rail Programs
This statute is relevant for individuals traveling by train, as it addresses the safety and development of the nation's rail transportation.

This chapter establishes federal programs to support and develop rail transportation in the United States. It includes provisions for railroad safety, infrastructure financing, and the development of intercity passenger rail. The Federal Railroad Administration is tasked with enforcing rail safety regulations and conducting research and development to improve railroad safety and efficiency.

8 U.S.C. Chapter 12 - Immigration and Nationality
This statute is relevant to international travel, as it governs the admission, exclusion, and removal of aliens, as well as the issuance of visas.

The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) sets forth the conditions for the entry and stay of non-citizens in the United States. It defines the categories of visas available for temporary or permanent travel to the U.S., the eligibility criteria for each, and the procedures for obtaining them. The INA also includes provisions for border security and the inspection of individuals entering the country.

49 U.S.C. Chapter 303 - National Driver Register
This statute is relevant to individuals who travel by automobile, as it involves the national database of information about drivers who have had their licenses revoked or suspended.

The National Driver Register (NDR) is a database of information about drivers who have had their licenses revoked or suspended, or who have been convicted of serious traffic violations such as driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs. States are required to check the NDR before issuing a driver's license to ensure that the individual does not have a problematic driving history in another state.

49 U.S.C. Chapter 313 - Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators
This statute is relevant to business travel involving commercial motor vehicles, such as trucks and buses.

This chapter establishes the requirements for the operation of commercial motor vehicles. It includes provisions for commercial driver's licenses (CDLs), qualifications of drivers, safety fitness procedures, and penalties for violations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is responsible for regulating and providing safety oversight of commercial motor vehicles.